Definition of deprive in English:


Syllabification: de·prive
Pronunciation: /diˈprīv


[with object]
  • 1Deny (a person or place) the possession or use of something: the city was deprived of its water supplies
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    • ‘If we are deprived of car parking space the car parking will spill out onto the main road and perhaps you ought to put it somewhere else,’ he added.
    • When people are deprived of dreaming (when they are allowed to sleep but not to enter REM sleep) after a few days they are almost schizophrenic.
    • It's unfortunate we are continually deprived of our potential benefits for residents.
    dispossess of, strip of, divest of, relieve of, deny, rob of; cheat out of
    informal do out of
  • 1.1 archaic Depose (someone, especially a clergyman) from office: Archbishop Bancroft deprived a considerable number of puritan clergymen
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    • The 1914 Act, among other provisions, deprived the Welsh bishops of their seats in the House of Lords, and abolished private patronage.
    • The old priests were deprived of their posts and privileges.
    • His views were not popular and he was deprived of his chair in 1710.



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  • It is difficult to regard that as other than a deprival of justice.
  • The refusal of the licence is claimed to be a deprival of possession within the meaning of Article 1.
  • However, the current cost was determined by reference to market values as well as current replacement costs, a type of deprival value system.


Middle English (in the sense 'depose from office'): from Old French depriver, from medieval Latin deprivare, from de- 'away, completely' + privare (see private).

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